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BJP veteran, Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at 93
3-day mourning declared, National Flag to fly half-mast
NEW DELHI, Aug 16: Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former prime minister and BJP stalwart, passed away on Thursday. He was 93. Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in June. Vajpayee, who had been ailing for long, retreated from active public life over the last decade following the deterioration of his health and remained restricted to his residence. In a medical bulletin, AIIMS issued said: “It is with profound grief that...
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We are not terrorists: Farooq
NEW DELHI, Aug 16: Kashmiris are not terrorists, said National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday, while adding that he will not accept the idea of a nation sans equality. Addressing an event here in Delhi, He added, “Hum aantankwadi nahi hai, Bharat se alag nahi hona chahte, bharat virodhi nahi hain, lekin hum us Bharat ko tasleem nahi karenge jahan barabari nahi hai insaan ki, chahe vo Hindu ho Musalman ho Sikh ho, Isaai ho...
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'Kashmiris need his humane heart approach’
Vajpayee’s policy succeeded due to consistency: Mehbooba
SRINAGAR, Aug 16: Paying rich tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said his policies on Kashmir and Pakistan succeeded as he showed consistency in his approach despite frequent setbacks. Addressing media persons here,Mehbooba said the policies of present prime minister Narendra Modi lack consistency after the setbacks. “Prime minister Modi also made efforts to normalise relations with Pakistan and went to Lahore. But th...
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Vajpayee an outstanding parliamentarian: Manmohan
NEW DELHI, Aug 16: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was among the tallest leaders of modern India who spent his whole life serving the country, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday while expressing profound sorrow at his predecessor's demise. Describing Vajpayee as a great prime minister and an outstanding parliamentarian, the Congress leader said the former premier was an excellent orator and an impressive poet. "I have learnt with profo...
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Chief justice to judiciary
Expedite trial in cases of violence against women
SRINAGAR, Aug 16: Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal today said there is a need to expedite trial in cases of atrocities and domestic violence against women. She made these remarks during her maiden visit to district court Complex Moominabad here. Chief Justice was accompanied by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Alok Aradhe. During the interaction, Justice Mittal suggested that judges should work on pri...
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Guv expresses grief over Vajpayee’s demise
SRINAGAR, Aug 16: Governor N N Vohra has expressed grief over the sad demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Paying tribute to the former prime minister, with whom he had the privilege of working for some time, governor described him as an astute and visionary leader whose thinking was deeply infused by humanism. He recalled Vajpayee's continuing endeavour to evolve an amicable resolution of issues relating to Kashmir. In his me...
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4 army soldiers injured in Nowgam encounter
SRINAGAR, Aug 16: Four arm soldiers were injured in a gunfight with militants in Nowgam sector of Handwara town. Official sources said an encounter began between army and infiltrating militants near Sangam post Nowgam sector Handwara. The officials added that four army personnel were injured during the encounter. The exchange of fire between infiltrators and the army is going on. “Army has cordoned off the dense forest area and efforts are o...
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Farooq, Omar condole demise of Vajpayee
SRINAGAR, Aug 16: National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah on Thursday expressed deep grief and sorrow over the passing away of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Dr Farooq Abdullah paid glowing tributes to the departed leader and extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Highlighting Vajpayee’s exemplary contributions in serving the people of the country Dr Farooq Abdulla...
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Protestors demand release of Talib
SRINAGAR, Aug 16: People belonging to Gujjar and Bakerwal community today again hit the streets to protest the unwarranted arrest of Gujjar leader, Talib Hussain on allegedly fabricated charges by Samba police. The protesters who had assembled at Pratap Park here this afternoon held protest against police for detaining Talib Hussain for none of his fault. They alleged that BJP in order to settle scores with Gujjar community in Kathua and Samba...
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Constructed at a cost of Rs 12-Cr, hospital at Dooru non-functional
ANANTNAG, Aug 16: In 2006, the then PDP-Congress regime sanctioned new building block for sub-district hospital Dooru in southern Anantnag district. The then health minister subsequently laid the foundation stone for the new block. However, in 2014 when the central government approved two modern hospitals for Jammu and Kashmir, state government sanctioned one for Basholi area of Jammu region and another for Dooru township of Anantnag. Since t...
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Vajpayee rare Indian leader who had humaneness: Mirwaiz
SRINAGAR, Aug 16: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference ( M) has condoled the death of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Mirwaiz described him as "rare Indian leader who had the humaneness to seek the resolution of the festering Kashmir dispute." "Sad to hear about the demise of Vajpayeeji. He was a rare Indian leader who had the humaneness to seek the resolution of the festering Kashmir dispute in the wide ambit of human...
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Karra hails Guv for defence of Article 35A in SC
SRINAGAR, Aug 16: Senior Congress leader, Tariq Hameed Karra while lauding the role of Governor N N Vohra in defending Article 35A in Supreme Court Thursday said states position in country’s top court is well-defined and that the final verdict will be ‘undeniably favorable’. Karra said that given the positive approach of Vohra and his advisory council, he finds the state in apex court as ‘victorious’. He was addressing media during a joint pres...
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SC directs Assam NRC to provide data of population excluded from draft
NEW DELHI, Aug 16: The Supreme Court today directed the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator to provide it with the data of district-wise percentage of population excluded from the NRC draft in the state. A two-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and also comprising of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, sought the response of all the stakeholders including All Assam Students Union, All Assam Minority Stude...
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Army commander reviews security situation
JAMMU, Aug 16: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command today visited forward areas of Rajouri Sector to review the operational preparedness and the prevailing security situation. During the visit to the sector, the Army Commander was briefed by the commanders on ground about the current operational and prevailing security situation and the preparedness of the formations in dealing with the same. The Army Commander also interacted...
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Arms, ammunition found near LoC in Rajouri
RAJOURI, Aug 16: An army on Thursday claimed to have found a huge cache of arms and ammunition near the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri. According to reports, a search operation was launched by an army in Jhanjar area of Rajouri, during which an ammunition was found. Earlier a soldier was injured when an infiltration bid was foiled by the army. “A large forest area has been surrounded. The operation is still on to ensure that no militant is h...
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PDP delegation calls on Guv over article 35A
SRINAGAR, Aug 16: A delegation of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today called on Governor N N Vohra here and emphasised the need to defend Article 35A, which guarantees special status to the state, before the Supreme Court. The delegation led by senior leader Abdul Rehman Veeri included Ghulam Nabi Lone, Ashraf Mir, Mehbooba Beg and Nizamuddin Bhat, a party spokesman said. "The delegation conveyed to the Governor their concern over the offensi...
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Election year speech
Prime minister Narendra Modi's address on the occasion of Independence Day from the Red Fort was unmistakably an election year speech, laced with populist phrases, many false illusions and lofty promises. So much so that instead of making an introspection of the country's achievements since 1947, he chose 2013 as the bench mark, speaking excessively of the giant strides his government had taken since it took over in 2014, as if that was the year...
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Hope and Paradox in Kashmir
By Roohul Amin Malik
During the phase of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led collation with the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir, the approach to deal with separatists like the Hurriyat, youth stone-pelters and militants had remained very much aggressive. No doubt, in their common minimum programme of alliance, it was mentioned to create an environment of talks with all stakeholders in the Kashmir Valley. But, in practical terms there was someth...
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Literary icons: from Naipaul to Gulzar
By Humra Quraishi
"Are you planning to switch over to politics? I ask because you aired, rather too blatantly, some Right -wing views recently?" "No, no politics." - V.S. Naipaul V.S. Naipaul gone. Memories left back…I had met him on several occasions at Khushwant Singh's home and then the last time in 2004 at another friend's home. I had then written about it, but today writing once again as it relays the political streak in Naipaul. Around the take-off time ...
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